Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Frogs on coat of arms… on stamps

When you are a topical stamp collector you spend a lot of time browsing the new stamp issues section of philatelic publications or websites, looking for any stamp newly issued and picturing your topic. This is my case, of course. I can examine hundreds of stamps per month, looking for a frog or a toad. And each time I find one, I’m thrilled. The next step is to try to find a way to get the stamp, directly from the postal administration or from some other ways.

This is what happened today when I discovered that on the 10th of January 2009, Latvia has issued three new stamps in its definitive “coat of arms” series, and that among the three stamps there was this one:


The stamp pictures the coat of arms of Baloži, a town situated in the middle of Latvia, in the Riga district. Created as a village in the late 40’s for the local peat factory workers, Baloži has been classified as a city in 1991. As you can see, the coat of arms of this city pictures a frog (or may be a toad) and therefore gives a stamp that will fall into my collection. Now I have to get this stamp. If you have a mint copy of it to sell or to trade, don’t hesitate to contact me.
I tried to find some information to explain the presence of a frog on the coat of arms of Baloži, but I could not find any. If you know something, I would also be very happy to hear from you.

With this new issue, Latvia joins Dominica in the list of countries that have issued a stamp picturing a coat of arms containing a frog! Let’s have a look to the coat of arms of Dominica.
The central shield is divided into four quarters with a background of blue and gold representing the sun, sky and sea. Each quarter has an object representing some aspect of the island. The top left and bottom right quadrants have a coconut palm and banana plant respectively that represents the agriculture of the island. In the top right quadrant is a frog, representing the wildlife. In the lower left quadrant is a canoe representing the indigenous people. On the top or crest of the shield stands a lion representing the two centuries of British rule over the island.
The frog pictured on the arms is in fact a Leptodactylus fallax, a frog that lives in Domimica and which is commonly called Mountain chicken because of its large size and the fact that it is used as food.

The coat of arms of Dominica appears on a large number of stamps. Here is one example, a stamp belonging to a set of five and one souvenir sheet, issued on the 1st of November 1978 to celebrate the independence.





1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Eric!
have you seen this one:
http://www.neofila.com/pictures/bhm/bhm-0518-19.jpg